Archives for June 2015

NY Fracking Ban Now Official

New York is now officially banning fracking. The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its formal Findings Statement yesterday, following a seven-year environmental and health review. Olean state Senator Catharine Young calls it “an opportunity lost for the Southern Tier.”

Free Fishing Weekend in New York

Free fishing will be coming to New York state this weekend. No fishing license required for residents or visitors tomorrow and Sunday in any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams. Pennsylvania will have a ‘Fish for Free’ day on the 4th of July.

Victim Identified in Fatal Fall from Cliff

The identity of the man who fell to his death from a cliff above Cattaraugus Creek earlier this week has been released by Sheriff’s officials. 49-year-old Ronald Felle Jr. of Gowanda was killed when he plunged nearly 200 feet into the Zoar Valley Gorge in the Town of Perryville.

Suspects Arraigned in Bradford Kwik Fill Burglary

The suspect in last week’s burglary at a Bradford convenience store has been extradited back to McKean County, and a second person is now also facing charges. 26-year-old Timothy Witter of Olean, and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Michelle Mohr of Bradford, were arraigned yesterday. Witter is accused breaking into the Kwik Fill on East Main Street last Thursday and Mohr is accused of hiding merchandise stolen in the burglary.

Man Falls to Death from Cattaraugus County Cliff

A man fell to his death from a cliff above Cattaraugus Creek west of Gowanda yesterday. Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s investigators say the man, whose identity has not yet been released, was building a cabin on land he owned on Eaton Road in the town of Perrysburg, fell 200 feet from the top of the cliff into the Zoar Valley gorge.

Coudersport Man Accused of Assaulting State Trooper

A Coudersport man is accused of assaulting a state trooper. 74-year-old Robert Wagner was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and harassment and booked into the Potter County Jail for allegedly attacking the officer, who was responding to a domestic dispute call at a home on North Hollow Road.

Search for Prison Escapees in Allegany County Comes Up Empty

Police have called off the search in Allegany County for the two convicted killers who escaped from a northern New York prison over two weeks ago. About 300 law enforcement officers moved into the area on Saturday after an unconfirmed sighting of David Sweat and Richard Matt along railroad tracks near Friendship. State Police, U.S. Marshals, officers from the Department of Environmental Conservation, State Parks Police, Allegany County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement searched an area along I-86 and Route 20. Extra patrols are being maintained in the area as a precaution, but the main focus of the manhunt has now shifted to Franklin County, about 20 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility where the escape took place.

Former McKean County Sheriff Pleads Guilty

Former McKean County Sheriff Bradley Mason faces a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty to criminal charges for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and giving her alcohol. Mason, who is 53, entered a guilty plea yesterday to one count of corruption of minors and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor. Mason, who resigned as sheriff last July, admitted having a consentual sexual relationship with the girl who was a tenant at a home he owned. The charges carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison or a $10,000 fine. Sentencing is set for July 9th

Fireworks Go On Sale Today in Catt County

Backyard Fourth of July parties could be a little more legally festive in Cattaraugus County this year. Starting today, sparklers, ‘snappers’ and certain other kinds of small fireworks go on sale beginning today. Last year, the state Legislature approved a law allowing their sale and use, but it was up to each individuial county to opt-in.
43 of the state’s 62 counties — including Cattaraugus and Allegany — have done so.

Holiday Valley Hack Attack

A Cattaraugus County ski resort has been hit by hackers. Visitors to Holiday Valley are being urged to watch their credit card statements after the discovery of a data breach. Credit and debit card purchases between last October and early this month may have been affected, after hackers somehow embedded malicious software in the resort’s cashier systems. Holiday Valley says the Secret Service was notified of the breach when they discovered it last week and cyber security experts have been hired to contain it and protect against future attacks.